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Luciano Berio: Chemins V

  • (su Sequenza XI) (1992)
  • for guitar and chamber orchestra
  • 3 0 2 1 - 1 2 1 0 - mar, hp(2), acc, t.sax, vln(12), vla(8), vc(4), cb(3)
  • Duration: 20’
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute
    clarinet in Bb
    bass clarinet in Bb
    tenor saxophone in Bb
    horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    1st harp
    2nd harp
  • Composer: Luciano Berio
  • Dedication: a Mario di Bonaventura con affetto

Work introduction

In Chemins V for guitar and an ensemble of forty-two players, the soloist plays, substantially unaltered, my Sequenza XI for guitar, written in 1987-1988 for Eliot Fisk. My aim was to develop a dialogue between the very idiomatic harmony of the guitar, strongly conditioned by the tuning of the instrument, and another, more extended and non-idiomatic harmonic dimension (the passport for moving between these two distant territories is the interval of augmented fourth). In Chemins V two instrumental idioms are also present: one has its roots in the Flamenco tradition, the other in classical guitar (the bridge between these two “histories” has been my own desire to experiment with an instrument I love). The dialogue between the two harmonic dimensions on one hand and the two instrumental idioms on the other, takes place through a continuous exchange and transformation of specific characters and clearly recognizable figures: the formal plan of Chemins V is therefore rather repetitive. But without repetition and parallelism a dialogue would have neither form nor meaning.

Luciano Berio


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World première

Bonn (DE)
Orchester der Beethovenhalle
Luciano Berio
Main soloists:
Eliot Fisk

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